ANTI-TERRORISM CERTIFICATE" USED EUROPEAN COMMISSION'S NAME IN SCAM

Press Release OLAF/13/2003, 02 May 2003

OLAF concludes its investigations, reports its findings to the Belgian judicial authorities and calls on the public to report all suspicious incidents

In April 2002, the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) received information from a number of sources concerning the misuse of the European Commission's name. Investigations were launched immediately.

The perpetrators of the act (which can probably be prosecuted as fraud or attempted fraud) claimed to be preventing money-laundering involving Europe and the United States when they requested money from private citizens in exchange for an 'anti-terrorist' certificate, supposedly issued by the European Commission's Monetary Control Board, a body that does not exist.

OLAF has just completed its investigations and informed the

At OLAF, the Office's Magistrates Unit will monitor subsequent judicial developments regarding the case.

This is not an isolated case of the fraudulent use of the European Commission's name. OLAF investigated three other such cases in 2002.

The European Anti-Fraud Office calls on the public to report any similar suspicious situations.

OLAF would like to remind the public that information about the Communities' institutions, bodies and agencies may be obtained from the Community organisations directly or by logging onto the 'European Union on line' website at http://ec.europa.eu/.

Mr Alessandro Butticé
Spokesman of the European Anti-fraud Office (OLAF)
Fax : +32 (0)2 299.8101

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